With the No. 37 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Atlanta Falcons selected Minnesota Golden Gophers defensive tackle Ra'Shede Hageman. Hageman was ranked as the third-best defensive tackle in SB Nation's top 200 big board, No. 20 overall. SB Nation ran a longform profile on him last November.
Hageman never played for a national contender in Minnesota, thus hurting his national appeal to the average fan who has likely heard of Louis Nix at Notre Dame. Still, Hageman is a big-time player with great size at 6'6 and 310 pounds.
In 2013, Hageman burst onto the scene, earning the Golden Gophers MVP award, per NFL.com. Last season, Hageman recorded 38 tackles, including a team-leading 13 for loss. He was also named a team captain, something that vouches for his character. Hageman's character was somewhat of a concern after he was arrested in May 2012 for breaking up a bar fight. Charges were dropped.
40-yard dash: 5.02 seconds
Bench: 32 reps
Vertical jump: 35.5 inches
Broad jump: 114 inches
3-cone drill: 7.87 seconds
20-yard shuttle: 4.50 seconds
While Hageman has undeniable talent, SB Nation's Stephen White, an ex-NFL player, writes about Hageman having a long way to go before he's a finished product.
To say that Ra'Shede Hageman is raw would be disrespectful to sushi. The only thing he consistently did well other than knocking down a few passes was getting in his stance. Harsh, but basically true.
Hageman flashed a quick get-off at times, but most of the time he was slow off the ball. His hands were all over the place, which prevented him from getting full extension and locking his elbows against the run most of the time. He didn't try any finesse pass rush moves to speak of, and even though he is a big powerful guy, his power rushes weren't all that successful, either.